Earth Day has been observed every year since 1970, and its aim remains the same more than 50 years later: to encourage social and political activism by bringing attention to the cause. Every year, the degraded condition of the earth is brought into the mainstream, and millions of citizens take advantage of the chance to help — if just for a day. If you’re one of the millions hoping to help out on Earth Day, you may be asking what you should do. We’ve got ten excellent ways to roll up your sleeves and get to work if you have five minutes, five hours, or want to develop lifelong habits.
1. Start gardening
Trees not only cool it off (they can help a city’s temperature drop by up to 10 degrees), but they also filter the air and provide more oxygen, among a slew of other advantages. Another solution is to use the family’s fruits and vegetables, saving money and lower carbon fuel pollution while eliminating the need to ship the produce to supermarkets.
2. Stay away from the car
First, our vehicles make sense since they are among the most significant causes of emissions in our everyday lives. Even if you have a brief drive to work, the time you spend commuting to and from work contributes significantly to emissions. Let’s have a look at how it works: If you travel 10 miles (16 kilometres) in one direction, you’ll need around a gallon (3.7 litres) of gas round-trip — at the very least. However, a gallon of gasoline emits 20 pounds (9 kilograms) of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. This is because one gallon of fuel weighs approximately 6.3 pounds (2.3 kilograms) and emits 20 pounds of carbon dioxide when burnt. As a result, by not burning 1 gallon, you’ll prevent the release of 20 pounds of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. So, how are you going to get around? Carpool, take the bus or subway, telework from home for the day, or ride your bike if possible. Then you’ll be living better along with the rest of the world.
3. Go on a cycle ride
Find transit options that can help you reduce your carbon emissions while still getting you going. There would be fewer greenhouse emissions polluting the environment and adding to global change as fewer vehicles are on track. One of the better choices is to ride a bike or go for a stroll. Carpool or use public transit whether you don’t have a vehicle or don’t know how to use one.
4. Calculate Your Carbon Footprint
Either one of us has a carbon footprint. You have a carbon impact on whether you drive, fly, shop online, use air conditioning, and so on. The positive news is that you will measure your own and your company’s carbon footprints. What is the reason for this? It can assist you in determining how much you and your lifestyle add to the production of greenhouse gases. Then, after deciding when and where the most extensive pollutants are, you will reduce carbon pollution. You can even buy carbon credits to offset the emissions—more on that further later.
5. Use a refillable water bottle
Only because you recycle the reusable water bottles doesn’t mean they don’t damage the ecosystem. Aside from the reality that it costs about 1.5 million barrels of oil to produce all of those bottles per year, over two million tonnes of water bottles have wound up across landfills in the United States. Purchase a reusable cup, ideally one with a filter, to ensure that you still have fresh water.
6. Invest in Carbon Offsets
When you’ve measured your carbon emissions, you should think about buying carbon offsets. A variety of firms sell carbon offsets to both consumers and corporations. They act as follows: you pay for sufficiently renewable energy to offset the dirty power you use. People purchase them to cover the cost of travel, home electricity, and other energy-intensive expenses.
7. Unplug the television
It’s just one day, so take it easy! Following up on the previous argument, why not switch off the television for the whole day? You’ll have more opportunities to interact with nature in any way if you make it a “no TV” day. Take a stroll, enjoy some fresh air, and take note of your surroundings. Encourage people to learn about the world and how beautiful it is by taking the family to a park for a picnic or gathering shells at the beach.
8. Become a volunteer
If you want to participate in Earth Day, nothing beats teaming up with other like-minded people to complete a collective mission. If you have the opportunity, there are many volunteer opportunities available. You will find a compilation of Earth Day events in your region by searching the internet. You may help tidy up a park or organize a walk for a “green” organization to raise funds if you have any spare time. Alternatively, have some fun when avoiding the job. Museum programs, concerts, park gatherings, and parades are also on the schedule. A trip to a science museum for some hands-on adventure with your family will be an excellent way to commemorate Earth Day.
9. Spend a day as a vegetarian
Some of us like beef, while others despise it, while some go with the flow of what is served to us. Why not make a deliberate decision to avoid meat today and pursue any of the delectable vegetarian choices available? The unsustainable demand for meat places unnecessary pressure on natural resources, and the more we ask for, the worse it is for our world. A fast search of the internet would yield a plethora of delectable and straightforward vegetarian recipes, so why not offer it a try for one day? If you can’t live without meat for the whole day, at the very least, make one of your meals today a vegetarian lunch.
Ask the nearest yoga instructor or studio to practice outside. Ending the stage with reflection and giving the world some compassion and appreciation will be an excellent way to complete this yoga journey. I suggest this free 30-day meditation challenge, and you have assured doses of calm every day if you are new to meditation and are uncertain of where to proceed.